During Janet Jackson‘s second show on the revamped State of the World tour in Houston on Saturday night (September 9) the 51-year-old singer got unexpectedly emotional.
After surprising some victims of Hurricane Harvey on Friday (September 8) with a surprise appearance at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Jackson dedicated Saturday’s show to those affected by the massive storm.
While helping the hurricane victims was emotionally taxing, it was her teary-eyed response to performing the 1997 The Velvet Rope track “What About” that made headlines, as the singer broke down in tears while trying to work her way through the track with lyrics detailing an abusive relationship.
“What about the times you yelled at me? / What about the times I cried? You wouldn’t even hold me,” she sang intensely. “What about those things?/ What about that, what about that? /What about the times you hit my face? /What about the times you kept on when I said, ‘No more please’ / What about those things?”
With all that’s happening in the world and what she personally experienced in her relationship and the help she gave to those in need, it seems almost like she needed to let it all out. Sometimes it just needs to happen. Watch the video from September 9th’s show below.